Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 6, 2020 1 815 Facebook (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame video capture) A vote of no confidence in University of Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins was voted down by the school’s faculty Senate Thursday night.The body of over 40 faculty members at Notre Dame had been considering the vote after Jenkins was seen mingling in close proximity with several people in the White House rose garden during and after a nomination ceremony for the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor.Jenkins was not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing, which are rules that are enforced on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Many called Jenkins a hypocrite over it. Jenkins was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few days after the White House event.Jenkins has apologized multiple times since then and released a video to students the hours before the vote on Thursday.“As you may know, cases of COVID-19 are rising in our nation, in Indiana, and here in St. Joseph County,” he said. “In this time if increased cases, we must recommit to wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, washing our hands daily, and doing our daily health check.”Though the faculty senate voted down a no-confidence resolution, which would have called on Jenkins to resign as the president of the school, they did pass a resolution voicing a “vote of disappointment.” It means they recognize his actions at the White House were wrong and that they acknowledge his apology.“You do not want to put yourself, your friends, or your colleagues in isolation with COVID-19 for Thanksgiving instead of being home with family and loved ones,” added Jenkins in his video to students. “We don’t want a successful semester to end with a major stumble.”Campus is open for in-person learning at Notre Dame right now, even though there have been 158 new coronavirus cases in the past seven days, according to the school’s dashboard. The last time numbers were that high on the Notre Dame campus, Jenkins moved classes online for two weeks. Twitter Vote of “no confidence” in Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins fails, virus spikes on campus Google+ WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMan, 18, critically hurt in crash at Ireland & Myrtle Roads in South BendNext articleExplosion, fire claims life of a woman, 72, at a Mishawaka apartment Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
In a sunny temple courtyard in Vietnam, Le Van Thang pushes an iron rod hard against his eye socket and tries to make it bend — his dizzying strength honed through years of practicing centuries-old martial art Thien Mon Dao.Thang, 28, is one of an increasing number of Vietnamese to find refuge in a sport that grew out of a need to protect the country from invaders, but now offers a route to mental wellbeing in the rapidly changing Communist nation.Practitioners of Thien Mon Dao have long taken pride in the incredible shows of strength that form part of their routines. The eye-popping feats include bending metal against their bodies, carrying heavy objects using their throats and lying under the path of motorbikes.Now many say they also take pleasure from how the sport — which includes elements of self-defense, kung fu and weapons training — has steered them on a new course.Thang, a furniture seller who first began practicing eight years ago, said he used to get into fights in high school and was also a gambler. “Once I stole money from my family but after that, I was brought to Thien Mon Dao by my family and I changed,” he told AFP. “There are so many benefits: I learned how to express my ideas, how to walk properly and behave.”Thien Mon Dao was first developed in the 10th century, according to master Nguyen Khac Phan, whose school trains in the complex of an ornate temple on the outskirts of Hanoi.In recent years it’s seen a surge in popularity, he says, with up to three new clubs set up in the capital each year. Vietnam currently has around 30,000 Thien Mon Dao practitioners across the country, with occasional public performances helping boost the sport’s appeal.”People come for different purposes but mostly they want to improve their health and mental health,” added Phan, who has been teaching the sport since the early 1990s.”Learning martial arts can help people see life in a better way, improve their strength… give up their mistakes to aim for better things,” he said.From tiny children who have barely started school to people in their eighties, Thien Mon Dao embraces anyone who wants to kick their way up through 18 different levels and seven belts.Sixteen-year-old Vu Thi Ngoc Diep, one of around 10 women training at the temple compound, said the sport had also given her a way to fight gender stereotypes.”Southeast Asian people think that girls should be gentle and not suitable for learning martial arts,” she said. “But I see it differently.” Topics :